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Bernard Gerald Edwards

17/02/1944 - 30/03/2021

Obituary For Bernard Gerald Edwards

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Bernard Gerald Edwards in Grande Prairie, Alberta at the Grande Prairie Care Centre at the age of 77 years.

Our Father spent most of his younger years as a fisherman, working both at the fish plant and on the trawler boats out on the Grand Banks.

He prided himself on helping raise his family, from his brothers and sisters to his sons and daughters and his grandchildren.

He enjoyed camping, reading western books and reminiscing about the past. He loved spending time with his family above all. He is gone but not forgotten, he will be forever in our hearts.

Leaving to mourn are his children Lisa Coulter (Jamie), Bernie Edwards (Karen), Corey Edwards (Kayla) and Sueann Cox (Steven), grandchildren Andrew, Justin, Emily, Cordell, Brianna, Dana and Kara, great-grandchildren Noah, Elijah, Isaiah, Lukah, Everly, Liam, Brady and Aria. His sisters Mary (David), Sarah Ann, Bernadette (Glen), Pauline (Sam), Marion (Terry) and Rita (Larry), stepbrother Howard (Madeline), brothers Gerald (Catherine), Thomas, Gus (Joan), Stan, Kevin, Anthony as well as numerous family members and friends.

Bernard is pre-deceased by his mother and father Rita and Stanislaus Edwards, daughter Lisa Edwards, granddaughter Danielle Cox, sister Virginia Cake and his nephew Scott Stoodley.

You will be sadly missed and forever cherished in our memories.

A private family memorial service for Bernard will be held on Saturday April 10th, 2021 by invitation at 1pm at Bear Creek Funeral Home in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in honour of Bernard to your local Food Bank or to the Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.ca).

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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Would like to send my deepest condolences to the family of my late brother Bern. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad and difficult time. Hugs to you all love Aunt Sal
- Sarah Loder
Sending love and prayers to Lisa, Bernie, Corey and Sueann and your families at this very sad time. You guys were blessed with a wonderful dad! RIP Bern! We will always love and miss you! Love and hugs from Gus and Joan!! ūüėėūü§óūüôŹūüŹĽūüôŹūüŹĽ
- Gus and Joan Edwards
Dear Lisa, Bernie, Corey, and Sueann sending my love and condolences to you and your families at this sad time. Uncle Burn was one of the nicest people ever. Little Tashy will always remember him. With love from Natasha and Jake xoxo
- Natasha Edwards
My deepest condolences to Lisa, Bernie, Corey and Sueann on the passing of your dad (Uncle Bern). He was a great man and will be missed dearly. Love Sean, Sarah and family.
- Sean Edwards
A monetary donation was received by The Salvation Army, Grande Prairie Food Bank, in memory of Bernard Gerald Edwards, By: Chris and Karyn Nickerson of Spruce Grove, AB
- Chris and Karyn Nickerson
I wanted to express my sympathy to the family of Bernard my uncle. Wanda Lee Winsor
- Wanda Winsor
Our dear brother Bernard . Love you forever. Pauline and Sam
- Pauline Edwards stoodley
You accepted me into your family from the first day I met you and made me feel welcome. Your kids truly adore you and I have heard so many stories of what a great man and father you were. Rest easy Bern ‚̧
- Kayla Edwadss

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